Kwese TV is now off air in Zimbabwe until courts decide various applications and appeals

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Strive Masiyiwa’s Kwese TV has now gone offline in Zimbabwe as legal wrangles between Kwese TV’s content distributor, Dr Dish, and the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) continue. Dr Dish and Kwese TV had to shut down operations after BAZ filed an appeal at the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe challenging High Court judge Justice Charles Hungwe’s decision to allow Kwese TV to operate as if the letter written by BAZ cancelling Dr Dish’s licence did not exist. However, when BAZ appealed against the ruling at the Supreme Court, it had the effect of suspending Justice Hungwe’s ruling, meaning that for now Dr Dish’s licence has been suspended and Kwese TV cannot air its content within the law.  We have since confirmed that Kwese TV has stopped airing its content.

Kwese TV has also filed an urgent application at the High Court again, seeking permission to continue operating until the matter is resolved by the Supreme Court. The matter is yet to be resolved.


Here is the statement released by Kwese TV, explaining the suspension of services.

Kwese TV is a Zimbabwean satellite and broadcasting network owned by Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, under Econet Media. On 23 August 2017, Econet Media announced that Kwese TV was now available in Zimbabwe and that decoders were available at Econet Shops. However, that very same day the The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) dismissed the claim that Kwese TV had been licensed and warned consumers not to invest in an unlicenced service. It also warned business operators not to provide "an unlicensed broadcasting service." Read More

Strive Masiyiwa (born 1961) is an entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of global telecommunications group, Econet Wireless International. In 2002, Masiyiwa was named to the Time Magazine List of Most Influential People, and in March 2014, he was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. He is one of Africa’s most influential figures, and a champion for the power of technology to improve people's lives. Read More

The High Court of Zimbabwe is one of the Superior Courts of Zimbabwe. The High Court deals at first instance with all high value and high importance cases. It also has a supervisory jurisdiction over all subordinate courts and tribunals. Appeals from the High Court go to the Supreme Court. The head of the High court is the Judge President and the current Judge President of the High Court of Zimbabwe is Justice George Chiweshe The operations of the High Court are governed by the Constitution and the High Court Act [Chapter 7:06]. Read More

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